T.G.I.F: Thank God It’s Friartown 03.08.13

@FriarFrenzy —  March 8th, 2013 7:14 AM —  Comments
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-The Friars continue to surge, taking care of business with wins over St. John’s and Seton Hall, remarkably getting themselves over .500 in the Big East with one key game left in the season on Saturday afternoon against a battered and bruised Connecticut squad.

-The late-season success has everyone around Friartown (myself including) scouring the NCAA tournament prognostication outlets and experts looking for glimmers of hope, but the fact of the matter is that there really is no discussion to be had unless Providence takes down the Huskies first.

-Looking back a week, it was about a must win three game stretch to close the regular season just to inch into the conversation and that has not changed.

-If they beat Connecticut who knows how many more wins it would take to get to the big dance?

-Best bet for the Friars is to just keep winning.

-Leave no doubt.

-Or as Jake Taylor said in ‘Major League’, “Well I guess there is only one thing left to do. Win the whole fu**ing thing.”

Jake Taylor: Motivational speaker...and chicken lover. (Photo: bleacherreport.com)

Jake Taylor: Motivational speaker…and chicken lover. (Photo: bleacherreport.com)

-Easier said than done, of course, but I would not put it past this team to be playing for NCAA tournament seeding next weekend.

-All that said, it wouldn’t hurt to have as many favorites in the smaller conference tournaments win out and keep the at large field as bubble-friendly as possible.

-Regardless of what happens over the next week-plus, you realize we are just scratching the surface here, right?

-Given the stakes and the consistent intensity Providence has shown I would not expect anything to cause a letdown on Saturday.

-But, just in case, hopefully Ed Cooley held study hall during the Connecticut at South Florida game and banned further access to the score because the Huskies got handled and looked like the will had been beaten out of them.

-Injuries played a big part (sound familiar?) and Connecticut will definitely be short-handed on Saturday, but just how much is to be determined.

-Enosch Wolf (suspension), Tyler Olander and Niels Giffey (injuries) are definitely out.

-But the killer for the Huskies could be in the ‘questionnables’.

-Star guards Shabazz Napier (who missed UCONN’s last two games with a foot injury) and Omar Calhoun (wrist injury that clearly bothered him versus South Florida) are likely to both be game time decisions.

-Interesting how the player availability gods have leveled things out for the Friars lately.

-Providence College did a nice job with “Senior Night” for Vincent Council, who certainly deserved the fitting sendoff.

-Here’s hoping he has a little more to add to his great legacy.

-Since the beginning of February Council and Kris Dunn have a combined 3.06 to 1 assist to turnover ratio (Council 3.05/1, Dunn 3.1/1).

-As a point of comparison, Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams’ is 2.43 to 1 during the same period.

-So the football schools get $100 million while the  Catholic 7 get their independence, $10 million, the Big East name and Madison Square Garden for their tournament in the break-up.

-A fitting appropriation as it has always been about money for football as opposed to quality of product, national relevance and legacy for basketball.

-I can’t wait to go to that new movie theater, the America 12.

-Although they apparently only show mediocre movies and it takes a really long time to get from one screen to the other.

-Referees are the only people I like to bother while they are working.

-Speaking of referees, is there any way we can get Mike Aresco to keep the current Big East officiating crew for our $100 mil?

-The wheels fell off the St. John’s express pretty quickly, huh?

-I am not going to put the entire state of the Red Storm program on a supposedly insubordinate D’Angelo Harrison or a free swinging Sir’Dominic Pointer but let’s just say by comparison I like the way Ed Cooley handled the people and character aspects first before turning the focus toward winning at basketball.

-Small knives are going to be allowed on planes again?

-There’s progress for you.

-I don’t know what a Vanderpump is and I don’t want to know what a Vanderpump is.

-Hopefully Kadeem Batts returns for his senior season (No reason to believe he won’t but it will be fifth year and he has pro potential so there are no guarantees). If he does he should be a Big East Player of the Year Candidate.

-Looks like the Catholic 7 will be departing for next year so it seems appropriate that the Friars would end this Big East with Connecticut, a good rivalry and the one upper-echelon Big East team Providence has been consistently competitive with over the years.

-It makes sense that they would continue to play beyond the conference split though too and I hope they do.

-A public service announcement from Friarblog.com and FriarFrenzy.  If you see a deadly scorpion on the ground, don’t pick it up.

Have a great weekend Friartown.  Be safe.

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  1. Friarfan10 says:

    Cincy is going to beat usf, Marquette is going to beat St. John’s. that will put the big east standings at
    7/8 Villanova 10-8
    7/8 providence 9-9 or 10-8
    9. Cincy 9-9
    10. St. John’s 8-10
    If providence beats uconn, they will finish 7th in the BE, which would have them play the 10 seed in the BE tourney, St. John’s. the friars can beat St. John’s and play the 2 seed in the next round. Right now, Marquette, Louisville, and Georgetown r tied for 1st, Marquette plays St. John’s, Georgetown plays cuse, and Louisville plays notre dame to finish the season. If they all win, the friars would play Georgetown, but if one of the teams lose, and Marquette wins, pc will play Marquette.
    Which means, if the friars beat uconn, they will play a beatable St. John’s team, if they beat St. John’s, and a little luck falls our way, we could be playing Marquette and possibly dancing out way to the NCAA tournament.

  2. FriarFrenzy says:

    Thanks FF10. Yes. If Friars can beat UCONN & win that first Big East tourney game, they get a signature win opportunity after that….which would go a long way. #MissionMarch